HotAir Daily Express 08/13/2013


Video: AQ to fill post-Assad vacuum in Syria?
8/13/2013 10:01:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
Suddenly, it seems as though the US government has finally begun to consider what will happen in a post-Bashar al-Assad Syria.  CBS News reports that the State Department fears that al-Qaeda will fill the power vacuum from its power base in neighboring

Obama taps Clapper to investigate NSA practices
8/13/2013 9:21:48 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama wants to assure the American people that he wants an national debate about domestic surveillance, and an honest accounting about and reform of the NSA’s activities.  In order to get all of this accomplished, Obama has appointed

Who’s up for another arbitrary delay in ObamaCare?
8/13/2013 8:41:19 AM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, I’m up for delaying the whole thing indefinitely, but I’ll get to that a little later today.  One of the selling points for ObamaCare was its mandates on insurance companies to keep out-of-pocket costs down for consumers.  In fact,

AQ bombmaker reportedly seriously wounded in drone attack
8/13/2013 8:08:44 AM  Ed Morrissey
Take this with the usual dollop of skepticism, of course. We’ve seen major al-Qaeda figures rise from the dead, so to speak, over the years after being declared killed by drone strikes.  If the reports are true, though, a very high-profile target


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Quotes of the day
8/12/2013 10:41:04 PM  Allahpundit
The House assistant Democratic leader said on Sunday that his party will campaign on President Obama’s controversial healthcare law in 2014. “We will be running on ObamaCare in 2014,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said during an interview on CNN’s “State

Hillary: Oh, by the way, I’ll be delivering a series of major policy addresses starting this fall
8/12/2013 9:51:00 PM  Allahpundit
I thought she’d lie low for the rest of the year, quietly assembling her team, and then reemerge in 2014 once Obama’s lame-duckery has swallowed what little is left of his influence. Nope. No waiting around for Hillary. Campaign 2016 begins

Sarah Palin on Chris Christie vs. Rand Paul: I’m on Team Rand
8/12/2013 9:01:55 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mediaite, skip to 4:48 for the key bit. The news here isn’t that she’s at odds with Christie; they’ve sparred sporadically for the past three years. The news is that the former running mate of superhawk John McCain, who’s been

Solved: The freaky triple deaky “mystery priest miracle”
8/12/2013 8:11:39 PM  Allahpundit
A follow-up to last Thursday’s palate cleanser about the mysterious appearance and disappearance of a priest at a crash involving a young woman in Missouri. Angel? Saint? Or man of the cloth passing by and pausing to minister compassionately to a

Judge orders baby’s name changed from “Messiah” — over parents’ objections
8/12/2013 7:21:49 PM  Allahpundit
Ed already hit this in the Greenroom but it deserves front-page treatment, just because the judge makes no pretense — surprisingly — of her motive. She’s a Christian and therefore the title of “Messiah” is reserved for just

Video: What if your taxi driver was the leader of the country?
8/12/2013 6:31:41 PM  Allahpundit
That headline sounds like the premise of an even-more-terrible-than-usual Tom Friedman column, but it’s for real. Watch Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg — apparently without a security detail because, c’mon, it’s Norway —

Video: MSNBC now using “R-word” in place of “Redskins”
8/12/2013 5:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Corner. Is this a network-wide policy or is it just Maddow setting the rules for her own show? You’d think MSNBC executives might want a team huddle to decide before their 9 p.m. host implicitly pronounces everyone else on the payroll who

Hillary Clinton to headline fundraiser for Terry McAuliffe
8/12/2013 4:51:48 PM  Ed Morrissey
“That makes sense,” says the Christian Science Monitor to the news that Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraiser for beleaguered Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe — which then goes on to detail a few ways in which it

Lobbyist: Davis is running for TX governor
8/12/2013 4:01:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
We won’t know for sure whether media darling Wendy Davis plans to abandon her relatively safe state senate seat for a chance to run against Greg Abbott in 2014′s gubernatorial race in Texas, but one lobbyist apparently has heard the decision

Video: Local man convinced that “powerful voices” don’t want him to be mayor
8/12/2013 3:11:03 PM  Allahpundit
Technically he’s correct. Basically everyone doesn’t want him to be mayor, which is pretty powerful. So now he’s running as the underdog. Notice is served, New York: No authority figure, be it the Clintons, congressional Democrats, or

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough
8/12/2013 2:45:03 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us again to discuss the intersection of faith and politics. Kevin and I will talk about all of the news of the day, including the new DoJ effort on sentencing and their Friday-night

“Nerve gas” attack turns out to be … nail polish remover
8/12/2013 2:21:38 PM  Ed Morrissey
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen nail-polish remover loom this large in the news cycle before.  Yesterday, New York news media rushed to report a possible nerve-gas attack at JFK airport in the Big Apple after workers were sickened by a smell from

GOP rep: We could probably get the votes in the House to impeach Obama
8/12/2013 1:31:32 PM  Allahpundit
Via BuzzFeed, some slow-news-day easy pickings courtesy of Rep. Blake Farenthold. He’s blowing smoke, of course; for all the lefty angst about GOP obstructionism over the past two years, there hasn’t been so much as a whisper from anyone in

Koppel: US overreacted to terrorist threat
8/12/2013 12:41:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
No kidding — and it’s not just the Americans who are starting to realize it.  Former ABC reporter and Nightline anchor Ted Koppel told David Gregory on Meet the Press yesterday that the US overreacted to the threat, and that this isn’t

Spain considering alliance with Argentina over Gibraltar, Falkland Islands
8/12/2013 12:01:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
The dispute over the Falkland Islands may get a boost at the UN, thanks to Spain’s designs on Gibraltar.  According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais and reported in the Telegraph, Spain’s foreign minister has traveled to Argentina to discuss

Iowa’s got a fee-vah and the only prescription is … Ted Cruz?
8/12/2013 11:21:25 AM  Allahpundit
So Cruz 2016 is really a thing, huh? As a great man once said, “Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast.” You can, if you like, dismiss the Cruz boomlet as little more than a couple of well-received speaking

DoJ to pull back on low-level drug indictments
8/12/2013 10:41:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
Given the trend of overprosecution these days, which Glenn Reynolds has thoroughly documented, this decision from the Department of Justice comes as at least a potentially pleasant surprise.  Attorney General Eric Holder will instruct federal prosecutors